31 May May Newsletter
Thanks for opening our May newsletter. We hope you will enjoy browsing our news, some recent reviews, upcoming events and this months special offer (see below).
We have had lots of news this month, including reviews for Chateau Semeillan Mazeau (a fab ready to drink Bordeaux from an organic producer), not one but 2 regional awards to Chateau Jolys in the Decanter world wine awards 2013, Domaine du Cramplih Vignes Vielles 2009 featuring in June Decanter magazine article on Madiran and a great local review for Domaine Bellegarde La Pierre Blanche Jurançon sec 2009.
Inspired by the Rouge Tomate restaurant in NYC we’ve written a blog on organic v biodynamic wines.
Recently 2 particularly interesting articles were published about the wines of south-west France – one from the Washington Post and the other from The Guardian. The wines of the region continue to receive international media and trade attention. This week Jane Parkinson at the London Wine Fair hosted a packed master class on the indigenous varieties of the south-west of France. We asked her (via twitter) if these were the next big thing? Her reply: “they already are”! Well maybe not quite the next big thing but there is no doubt that the region continues to gain attention.
We also would like to remind you of our wine club Bordeaux Bespoke. Every 3 months we will send a selection of wine for you to explore. Bespoke, meaning tailored, means you are in control of how many you receive. See here for details…
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events but in the meantime drink well!
We are proud to have launched our wine club! Every 3 months we will send a selection of wine for you to explore. Bespoke, meaning tailored, means you are in control of how many wines you receive. Membership brings you many other benefits including discounts, events and special tastings! For details and to sign-up click here!
Deal of the month-exclusive to our newsletter recipients!
Time to try something different! Chateau de Saurs AOC Gaillac Blanc Doux 2009 is made from Loin de l’Oeil (‘Lew-an-de-le-oh-eye”) grapes – an ancient variety indigenous to the Gaillac region by one of the leading (and organic) producers. Trust us! This is a delicious dessert wine – tropical fruit, apples, pears and citrus. The mouth-feel is rich but has a fresh and balanced finish. The French match it to foie gras/paté, but we love it with fruit desserts, cream brulée or a cheese plate. RRP $30, we are offering these for $20 each (750ml) .Be quick only x7 6-packs left. Call 02 6020 6016 or go on-line and use code EYE at the checkout.
New wine featured June Decanter magazine: Domaine du Crampilh Vignes Vielles Madiran 2009
The new vintage of this wine from Madiran made from tannat grapes has made an immediate splash with 2 reviews in the oz wine media. This week it was one of 8 wines featured in a review of the Madiran wine region by Decanter magazine. Made from old vines using modern techniques. Rich, clean & balanced – full of character, flavour and authenticity! A classic from south-west France. “Far more drinkable than some macho aussie reds” says Winsor Dobbin! $38.40
Staff favourite:Chateau Haut Peyrous Retour de Polombières Graves Rouge 2008
A ready to drink, organic, quality Bordeaux from a well-known producer for under $40? Yes! From the Darroze family who have modernised this ancient vineyard and introduced modern production. Great primary fruit but gorgeous round soft tannins, Merlot (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), Cabernet Franc (15%) and small amount Petit Verdot and Malbec. $38.50
Ch Semeillan Mazeau 200590 points Ralph Kyte Powell
This wine ticks a lot of boxes. Affordable. Organic producer. Classic Bordeaux blend. Great vintage. Ready to drink. A review in The Age Epicure by Ralph Kyte Powell. And a review by Winsor Dobbin “Soft, complex and round, this is a wine of great length and elegance with not the slightest hint of greeness. Its quality puts to shame many bigger-name Bordeauxs at double, even triple, the price. This is drinking beautifully now and no doubt for some years to come.” $49
Several customers ask us for suggestions of wines to put in the cellar. Here are some of our current suggestions at different price points (posted May 2013). These offer good drinking now but will repay some time in the cellar.
Legende de la Tour Carnet 2004 (Medoc) $48
The second wine (younger vines) from a great Bordeaux producer from a great year (keep until 2020). Chateau Lagarde 2009 (Saint Emilion) $29.90If you are a fan of Saint Émilion or Merlot, or just looking for a good wine at a great price, it’s pretty hard to go past this wine! (2013-2018). Chateau Haut-Vigneau 2009 (Pessac-Leognan) $38 Typifies the silky tannins, minerals and structure of the wines of Pessac-Leognan on the outskirts of Bordeaux ( drinking now but keep until 2020+).
Up coming Events
As usual we are busy planning events! Here are a few for your dairies- we will let you know as more are added.
Bordeaux dinners & Consumer tasting events are being planned across Australia-more details soon!
Brisbane: Brisbane French Festival’s dinner-ball – Soirée Bleue de la Bastille is to be held on Saturday July 13th, 2013
Sydney: the 1st Sydney French Festival “Bleu Blanc Rouge ” is going to be held on July 12, 13 and 14 July at Customs House Square, adjacent to Circular Quay
High Tea Party: 2nd-3rd Nov 2013 Hilton Sydney details
Melbourne-Paris to Provence Festival: Nov 22nd to 24th – details here
South-West France Dinner in Albury-Wodonga: August – details to be announced soon.